After a light day yesterday, the focus went back to football today. The offensive line knows that the microscope is on them now, especially with the absence of Tyler Johnstone at the left tackle position. It was confirmed today by Mark Helfrich and the parties involved that Jake Fisher has shifted over to the left tackle position while Andre Yruretagoyena is taking Fisher’s role at right tackle.
“We push each other to the ultimate max, so with [Johnstone] going down there’s definitely a respect level for them to put me over to the left and play for Ty,” said Fisher.
The offense still has not completed putting their finishing touches on how they want to run things, but the consensus with the O Line is that they are focused and ready to go. According to Fisher, the line is completely installed.
“We’ve got everything figured out. Our young guys have definitely done the best job that I’ve ever seen the young guys do,” said Fisher.
With his new role at right tackle, Andre Y. had the opportunity to talk about how his approach to the game has changed and what he is doing differently, being thrust into the starting lineup.
“I’m taking stuff more seriously than I ever have, I’m where I need to be physically and mentally and everything is really coming along for me. So, at this point I’m just taking advice from all the veterans and putting everything together,” said Yruretagoyena.
One of the ways Johnstone will be missed the most is his leadership qualities. In speaking with Hroniss Grasu, he commented about the overall quality of each member of the line being leaders. The unit’s horizontal leadership is one thing which will truly set this line apart this season.
“Everybody does a great job of being a leader, especially on the offensive line. Those other four guys deserve a lot of credit as well. They make my job very easy, I really like the way we have been playing together,” said Grasu.
All three linemen spoken to today also made comments about how talented the D-Line is, with Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner lining up across from them. When working with interior talent such as Armstead and Buckner it only helps sharpen the offensive line.
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